Sunday, July 24, 2011

To All the Kids Who Survived

 in the 1930's, 40's, 50's 60's and 70's!

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank
while they were pregnant.
They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can...
and didn't get tested for diabetes.
Then after that trauma , we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs
covered with bright coloured lead-based paints.
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets
and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets,
not to mention the risks we took hitchhiking.

As infants and children, we would ride in cars with no car seats,
booster seats, seat belts or air bags.
Riding in the back of a pick-up on a warm day was always a special treat.
We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.
We shared one soft drink with four friends from one bottle
and NO ONE actually died from this.

We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank Kool-Aid
made with sugar, but we weren't overweight because
We would leave home in the morning and play all day,
as long as we were back when the street lights came on.
No one was able to reach us all day. And we were OK.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps
and then ride down the hill only to find out we forgot the brakes.
After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.
We did NOT have Play Stations, Nintendo, X-boxes; no Video Games at all;
no 150 Channels on Cable, no Video Movies or DVD's; no “surround-sound";
no CD's, no Cell Telephones, no Personal Computers; no Internet or Chat-Rooms...!

WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!
We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth
and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.
We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt
and the worms did not live in us forever.

We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays,
made up games with sticks and tennis balls
and although we were told it would happen,
we did not put out very many eyes.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door
or rang the bell or just walked in and talked to them!
Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team.
Those who didn't, had to learn to deal with disappointments.
Imagine That!!!

The idea of a parent “bailing us out” if we broke the law
was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!
These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers,
problem solvers and inventions...ever!
The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovations and new ideas.

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility
and we learned How to Deal With it All!
If you are one of us...Congratulations!

You might want to share this with others
who have had the luck to grow up as kids,
before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives
'for our own good' !

Quote of the month by Jay Leno: “With hurricanes, tornadoes, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunder and lightning storms...
tearing up the country from one end to another
and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks...
are we sure this is a good time
to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?”

Merle Baird-Kerr
(written June 12, 2011)


  1. Hi Merle,
    I am a Kid who survived very well and had a great time growing up through the 50's & 60s.
    You described it so well... I felt like I was living it all again. Thanks for the fine memories...took me right back to my humble roots!
    Which by the way have provided me the love of life to enjoy what I am experiencing today !
    Sherrie xo

  2. We lived "very healthy lives" in those days...the experiences we had, boded extremely well for the "persons we are today"! Too many children, teens and even young adults are, and have been "pampered" though their growing years...thus lacking the challenges that mature our bodies physically, our minds intellectually and souls spiritually. Thanks greatly Sherrie for your comments.

  3. I remember going home to listen to the Lone Ranger and wishing that Silver was MY, Horse.
    Walked to school every day....Alone! Rain or Shine....No wonder I was in such a bad mood until School let out and I could play ball until
    5:00 pm when to radio program began.

  4. That's a great memory to have, Sol! Your "perk" for the day was definitely a great reward (after enduring the several boring hours in the classroom)...with your ball-buddies and "Silver". (Sad that your teachers failed to motivate you!)